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Rivas 1 Valerie Rivas Mrs. Weaston English III – 2 25 October 2017 Should Guns be Permitted on College Campuses? I. Introduction A. Hook: There have been over 45 mass shootings just last year, in 2015. Imagine how many of those victim’s lives could have been saved by a concealed-carry holder nearby. B. Establish Ethos: Over the past years, there have been some controversy between the states and the people of America about whether guns should be permitted on college campuses or not. II. Narration A. Introduce topic: Permitting guns on college campuses has been an issue that has been standing in argument for so long due to so many unpredictable, belligerent mass shootings and needs to be addresses as soon as possible. B. Background info: 1. Fact One: Persian Gulf War Veteran Robert S. Flores, 41, and failing student at the University of Arizona’s College of Nursing murdered 3 of his nursing professors before ordering the students out of the classroom to then commit suicide. (Smith, latimes) 2. Fact Two: On Sept. 3, 2015, A student attending Sacramento City College in Sacramento, Calif. shot 3 people, fatally effecting one and injuring 2 (Time). 3. Fact Three: Another massive University shooting took place on February 14, 2008 at Northern Illinois University. At least 21 students were shot, 6 of them fatally including the shooter’s suicide. The shooter, however, was not a student. (abc7chicago). 4. Fact Four: Professor Amy Bishop, 45, was a neurobiologist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville who killed 3 of her colleagues and shot 3 more at a biology faculty meeting. (Fausset, latimes) C. Claim Statement: (Yes x, but A, B, C format): Even though some debaters will claim that gun-zone campuses will result in a higher potential for mass shootings, guns should still be permitted on college campuses because it makes people feel safer, citizens will be able to defend themselves in severe shooting situations, and because criminals will always find a way to receive firearms regardless of rules or laws. III. Reason A: Anything can happen anywhere at any time. Knowing that someone, not knowing who, but someone, can or will be there to protect you and everyone else brings assurance to people of their safety. A. Fact that supports Reason A (CITE!!): Concealed-carry permit holder have better safety records than police officers. Verily, more criminals are killed by law-abiding citizens than law enforcement (Huntwork, Gale). In fact, statistics even show that gun-free zones are not always safer (Guns and Crime, Gale).
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  • Fall '15
  • Stauffer
  • English, Firearm, mass shootings, Valerie Rivas

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